Worse, are you guilty of bequeathing them to another? I am.
As I was reading along in the Book of Job, I ran across one of his many heartfelt expressions of disbelief towards his helpful advisers:
(or maxims/memorable sayings)
are proverbs of ashes.
Ouch! Doesn't that speak volumes?
Merriam defines a platitude as:
1: the quality or state of being dull or insipid
2: a banal, trite, or stale remark
Anything with "insipid", or "banal" at it's core gives me hives.
Well, we eventually read about how off-the-mark were Job's buddies, even though what they had to say was often true ... even scriptural. Platitudes just don't have lift. Then again, they're not intended to be so noble. They rarely do more than allow the platitudinist to have the floor and to sound quite wise, even high-and-mighty.
I suppose the truth of the matter lies in motive, but even then a platitude can come off quite badly. Job's BFFs learned that the hard way.
Come to think of it, so have I.